Pulp and Paper Canada

PODCAST | Q&A with Pamela Cowan, TAPPI’s Women in Industry Division

Pamela Cowan, chair emeritus of TAPPI's Women in Industry Division. Photo: Pamela Cowan

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8, we’re pleased to bring you this special episode of Pulp & Paper Canada: The Podcast, sponsored by the Forest Products Association of Canada, as part of our Women in Forestry series in partnership with Canadian Forest Industries and Canadian Biomass.

Find more stories of women working in pulp and paper at womeninforestry.ca, and tune in to join our free Women in Forestry Virtual Summit on March 9. You’ll be able to watch the recordings even if the event date has passed, so be sure to register at woodbusiness.ca/virtual-event/women-in-forestry.

This episode features Pamela Cowan, chief marketing and financial officer for Pulmac Systems International, a developer of on-line, contaminant and strength testing equipment and data solutions for the pulp and paper industry. Pam is also the chief strategy officer at Pulmac’s spinoff fibre engineering company called FiberWorx, which produces solutions such as the FiberRouter, a fibre engineering system for process control in stock preparation.

Throughout her career, Pam has lived in both Canada and the United States, where she’s currently based. She’s also actively involved in promoting and celebrating women in the pulp and paper industry as one of the founding members of TAPPI’s Women in Industry Division and its chair emeritus.

In this episode, Pam discusses her work as a supplier in the pulp and paper industry, shares the robust initiatives TAPPI has to offer women, and reflects on the successes and remaining barriers for women in the sector.

Pulp & Paper Canada: The Podcast covers the latest trends and technologies in the forest products sector through interviews with industry experts.

Topics may include market trends, process control, safety applications, machinery and equipment, sustainability and energy efficiency, software solutions, Industry 4.0 and the IIoT, and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Find the podcast on PPC’s Podcasts page or on Annex Business Media’s site, as well as on Annex Business Media’s SoundCloud and iTunes accounts.

If you have an idea for an episode of Pulp & Paper Canada: The Podcast, email our host Kristina Urquhart at kurquhart@annexbusinessmedia.com.

Special thanks to our sponsor, Forest Products Association of Canada

This podcast is brought to you by Forest Products Association of Canada – the voice of Canada’s forest sector and its 230,000 workers. The moment is now for Canadian forestry and forest products. As governments look to kickstart economic recovery, Canada’s forest sector has over 140 shovel-ready projects across the country worth over $1.5 billion dollars – to improve our facilities and operations, to make new, innovative products, and to get more people working. A green economic recovery starts with Canada’s forest sector workers and Canadian forest products. Learn more about FPAC’s efforts to lead the charge to a net-zero carbon economy, attract investment, create jobs, and bring more sustainably-sourced Canadian forest products to Canada and the world, by visiting www.forestryforthefuture.ca

This post is part of CFI, Pulp & Paper Canada and Canadian Biomass’ Women in Forestry series celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8. Find more content here and follow on social media with the hashtags: #WomenInForestry as well as #IWD2021 and #ChooseToChallenge.

Remember to join us for the Women in Forestry Virtual Summit on March 9 at 11 am ET/8 am PT! It’s FREE to register. Sign up now!